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Canon IXUS 1000 HS - Performance and Results

By Cliff Smith


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The Canon IXUS 1000 HS has generally good performance. It starts up and is ready to shoot in a little under four seconds, which is a little on the slow side, and shuts down again in about the same. The shot-to-shot time in single-shot mode is approximately two seconds, which is reasonably quick, but the continuous shooting mode is very quick at approximately 2fps. There is also an AF continuous shooting mode which shoots a frame every 1.2 seconds.

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The autofocus system is a little slower than I'd expect from a Canon camera, but it is very reliable and works very well in low light, having no trouble at all shooting an a dimly lit gig. It has a good AF assist lamp with a range of several metres, but it does take a moment to activate.

The IXUS range has always been know for its superior image quality, and the 1000 HS is no exception. The lens is very good, with excellent overall sharpness and producing virtually no wide-angle optical distortion, although there is quite visible chromatic aberration toward the corners of the frame. The sensor produces exceptional detail, and colour rendition is excellent. Dynamic range is quite limited at the extremes of contrast, but closer to the mid-range it is much better, producing great results in decent lighting.

Canon seems to have made some major advances in noise control recently; its recent compacts have produced excellent results at higher ISO settings, and the 1000 HS is a prime example, producing printable images at up to 1600 ISO. Even the maximum 3200 ISO setting produces good colour and exposure, and would be useful for smaller applications such as email and websites.

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The IXUS 1000 HS represents exactly the sort of design philosophy the digital camera industry needs to take it forward. Rather than just squeezing in ever more pointless megapixels, Canon has instead concentrated on new sensor and processor technology, and on giving its cameras genuinely useful features such as good low-light performance, a versatile high-quality lens and advanced scene recognition technology that actually helps to take better pictures. The 1000 HS has some of the best high-ISO results of any current compact camera, as well as excellent interface design and superior build quality. It's not perfect, and that 150-shot battery life is definitely an issue, but the IXUS 1000 HS is one of the best all-round compact cameras on the market, and a fitting way to mark the first decade of digital IXUS cameras.


The Canon Digital IXUS 1000 HS is possibly the best all-round digital compact on the market. It looks great, is solidly well made, handles extremely well and is loaded with advanced features. Image stabilisation is superb, and full HD video with stereo sound is a bonus. Performance is above average and image quality is very good, especially at higher ISO settings. The only drawback is the limited 150-shot duration of its smaller battery.

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November 2, 2010, 2:00 am

The images look very good to excellent.

Brian ONeill

November 2, 2010, 3:18 am

This does look nice, but i think the best deal at the moment is on the canon powershot 210 IS. I bought one today on amazon for £199 with a £30 mail in rebate. So the price works out at only £170, half the price it was 6 months ago. If you are shopping for a new camera make your mind up quick as the £30 mail in offer expires this wednesday.


November 2, 2010, 3:21 am

The focal length might be a problem for some; it's not exactly "wide" at its widest setting.

iain coghill

November 2, 2010, 12:01 pm

I would rather trade the 10x zoom for a somewhat shorter range starting at ~28mm equivalent. Just how useful is such a long focal length on a compact going to be?


November 2, 2010, 1:08 pm

TR seem to have understated the battery life issues with the 1000 HS. At very minimum you're probably going to need to factor in the price of a second battery for this camera. And for any extended use to remote locations this might not even be enough.

Mike 39

November 2, 2010, 4:35 pm

I agree with Charles ( 2/11/10), the battery life does seem limited, also with Iain Coghill( 2/11/10), I think Canon could have made more practical use of the lense, by offering less zoom ability and more wide angle facility.Otherwise this would seem a pretty good model. I especially like the FPS speed, about time they improved on this( only enabled with a CMOS sensor I think). This model is the closet I've come to considering purchasing another Ixus since their 4mp model years ago! Canon, if you read these comments, ( as I would hope any self respecting manufacturer would) please take them on board and action them in your next Ixus model and maybe you'll progress on to a nigh on perfect score for your next Ixus?!! I'll probably consider a purchase then, I might even go into a shop and try this model out to see if I like it.Nice to see Canon not going down the usual more MP route to try and hook in customers, at least this tech shows their thinking more laterally!


November 2, 2010, 4:38 pm

This camera is a big dissapointment. Great features like 1080p and slow mo recording. But No wide angle F2 lens, battery life is poor and no manual controls. If you want a canon Ixus, then buy the Ixus 300HS, less zoom but better battery life and similar features. Decided to buy the Lumix TZ10, great cam and with £30 cashback even better..


December 23, 2010, 2:40 am

Compared to Canon Ixus 300 HS,which camera is the best option?



dave 2

January 1, 2011, 4:14 pm

I had the Xanon Ixus HS300 and it is the speed in which this camera works that made me love it so much, But I did find the Zoom wanting. I went in search of a better Zoom and thought the Powershot 210is was the ticket, too slow for me. I purchased the Ixus 1000HS and yes it is not Wide ngle but the Zoom is fantastic and it takes excellent photo. Replacement batteries are cheap enough and well it Canon's flagship compact. I think they are near spot on with it.

Simon Hall

April 29, 2011, 7:36 pm

Whichever way you look at it, the dynamic range appears to be terrible. It was this reason why I didn't buy this camera.

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